Failing to resist temptation


It started this time with a trip to the Outlet and the impossibility of walking past the Cadbury shop. Then it was buying the biggest bag I could find instead of a sensible one.  I felt a little better when we had gone in three, I repeat, three, shoe shops and I didn’t buy any for me.  Clearly, there is willpower in here somewhere but it’s buried deep. I went on a couple of clothing websites and didn’t buy anything and began to feel that I was on a roll. Even when I went to craft class, I bought only the things I needed for a specific project. This is unheard of.

My cousin and sometime partner in crime and I then decided that we would go to the craft fair at the Racecourse on Sunday. Even though we knew we “might” overspend.But then my son came to my fiscal rescue and invited us for a barbecue on Sunday instead, thus saving me who knows how much? So today in an unguarded moment, I had a look on a website I hadn’t visited before and found a folder for storing my cutting dies on magnetised board. I’ve been wanting one for a while and, if I could have stopped at that point, my self esteem would have been fine. But no.

Stamps. Little Claire stamps, Nellie stamps, Mollie Bloom stamps. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. It was like Toad of Toad Hall and the racing cars. Oh bliss, Oh ecstasy, Oh poop poop!.

Finally getting things on the blog

I made a push today to get some more pictures of cards on the Card Gallery, with titles and little comments where possible.  In between doing this and shortening a dress and a pair of trousers, I’m making a card for my grandson, who has fallen off a climbing frame and broken his elbow. He lives 300 miles away so we don’t see much of him, so I wanted a special card. As I so often do, I came up with a grandiose idea and then had to work out how to get the effect I wanted. (A seaside scene, using a Molly Bloom stamp and some decoupage shells, beach huts, etc.)

So far, it’s looking ok  but I have to keep leaving it for glue to dry before I try the next bit. I started it using scraps of paper from previous projects but it’s a strange truth of card making that using leftover bits only makes MORE leftover bits. They’re like amoeba, they double every few seconds. My bit box is quickly outgrowing my craft room.

I really like the Magnolia and Molly Bloom stamps, although I don’t like it when they don’t have complete faces, so I always draw them on afterwards. Some stamps, like the owl and the little bird you can see in the Card Gallery, lend themselves to zentangling to fill them in and it makes a pleasant change from using the Promarkers, which is one of the most soothing pastimes I know.

Well, better go and see if the glue has dried, preferably without sticking the card to the table.